Ng On-yee loses world title to Reanne Evans

Hong Kong player squanders 3-1 lead as her English opponent wins record 11th crown

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 April, 2016, 12:43pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 April, 2016, 12:43pm

Hong Kong’s Ng On-yee squandered a 3-1 as she failed to defend her world title against the woman she beat in last year’s final.

Ng went down 6-4 to England’s Reanne Evans in the final of the Ladies World Championship in Leeds on Tuesday.

In a repeat of last year’s final showdown, Ng was unable to repeat her feat when she ended Evans’ 10-year domination of women’s snooker.

Ng, however, can still make history on Wednesday when she competes in the qualifying rounds of the men’s world championship, along with Hong Kong’s world mixed pairs champion Cheung Ka-wai.

Both players received a wild card into the qualifying competition, Ng because of her world title last year.

The Hong Kong cue queen proved herself as a genuine world-class player by reaching the final and losing to arguably the best women’s player ever, who collected a record 11th world championship crown.

Ng had said before the final that there was still much to learn for her at the highest level and was looking forward to a bright future in the sport.

The Hong Kong Sports Institute scholarship athlete enjoyed a flying start in the final, clinching the fourth frame with an overwhelming 82-0 victory and with the highest tournament break of 72. That gave her a 3-1 lead at the Northern Snooker Centre.

But that was the best the 25-year-old Ng could offer in the best-of-11 final. Evans levelled the score to 3-3 before Ng took the seventh with a close 64-40 decision.

The English player then asserted her authority on home ground, taking three frames in a row, including a dominating 78-1 in the 10th.